2016 Podcasts
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Jesus Sets You Free
December 30, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen & Sharon Haynes
Did you know Jesus was a rule breaker? Today Sharon Jaynes is joining us to tell of times Jesus broke rules to set women free from her new book, "How Jesus Broke the Rules to Set You Free".
Don't Be A Grinch
December 16, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Have you seen “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” yet this year? The real hero is Cindy Lou Who, she knew there was some good left in the Grinch. Don't be a Grinch, be Cindy Lou Who and be on the lookout for someone that could use a little extra love this Christmas.
Make Room For Jesus
December 9, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Shopping lists, festive parties, decorating the house, advent calendars with the family, these are the events that we try to cram into the Christmas season. Make room for Jesus somewhere in the busyness of the holidays. It will be the gift that fits just right.
Deeply Loved
November 25, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
You are deeply loved...no really you are loved...a lot. Loved by the creator of the universe, the Father that sent His Son for you. No matter who you are or what you've done He loves you more than you could possibly imagine.
Fearing Insignificance
November 18, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
This is one common denominator in most all of us. Am I really significant? Does my life really matter? How can we encourage others who are asking these questions?
Remember When…
October 28, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Isn’t it crazy when we complain about the gifts we used to pray for? How can we remember… remember what it was like when we first dated our spouse… or when we held our child for the first time? How can the gift of remembrance make us the women we desire to be?
Staying Encouraged
October 21, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We all face storms in life. How do you stay encouraged? How do you keep your focus where it needs to be, on Jesus? When you are discouraged we pray you find hope here at the Encouragement Cafe.
Power of Words
October 7, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
"Sticks and stones may break my bones... but words will never hurt me!" Are you serious? We have all spoken words we wish we could retract. At the same time we've also used our words to heal hearts. What words of wisdom and encouragement can you share regarding the power of our words?
What's On Your Mind?
September 30, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Isn't it amazing how our thought life can change everything? How can we grow to have our thoughts be fixed on what is pure, noble, lovely and praiseworthy?
September 23, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Emotions. We all have them. How do we control them? How do we keep them from coming unglued? Luann & Rachel share what trips their emotional triggers and how they keep from letting them rule their day.
A Beautiful Legacy
September 16, 2016
Luann Prater & Mindy Hopman
Mindy Hopman shares around the cafe table about how she became a believer after growing up in a Jewish family. It is such a beautiful legacy that God has created for Mindy and her family. She tells her story in her new book, "Beautiful Legacy: Our Roots Run Deep".
I Still Do
September 9, 2016
Luann Prater, Annah Matthews, Stephanie Davis, Olivia
How do you consciously choose commitment to your beloved even when things of this world seem to pull you apart? What are your tips, ways to bless each other to strengthen your marriage? How do you stay strong and secure in the Lord? Luann’s friends, Annah, Stephanie, and Olivia join her in the café today.
Identity In Christ
September 2, 2016
Luann Prater, Annah Matthews, Stephanie Davis, Olivia
Who does God say we are? How can we protect that identity? What tools can we use and recommend to others so we can all find our identities based on Scripture and experiences? Luann’s friends, Annah, Stephanie, and Olivia join her in the café today.
Amazing Grace
August 26, 2016
Luann Prater, Annah Matthews, Stephanie Davis, Olivia
What is so amazing about grace? What is it? How do we get it? Why do we want it? Luann’s friends, Annah, Stephanie, and Olivia join her in the café today.
Not Guilty
August 19, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Then why do we feel so guilty and ashamed? How can we be victorious over guilt? Can we use guilt to our advantage?
Heritage of Parenting
August 12, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Do your kids know how to do their own laundry? What about make dinner, or sew on a button? How will they handle the real world if we don't show then how to take care of themselves? What we teach them now will give the confidence to take on the world in the future.
A Love Letter... Just Because
August 5, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Have you ever been prompted to write a letter, text, email... just because? Or have you been the recipient of encouraging written words? God's Word heals hearts. Whichever kind of love letter you want to write about... do it... just because.
Get In The Water
July 29, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Can you imagine what it felt like for Peter to walk on water? It took courage, but that's what faith in God through Jesus gives us! How can you follow in his wet footsteps?
Let the Sonshine In
July 22, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
No need for sunscreen! We need to let Jesus' light of love and grace permeate every ounce of our beings! But how can we let the Sonshine in when we are afraid to open our hearts? How can we trust Jesus when we feel so fragile and we just can't take another disappointment?
Heat of the Moment
July 15, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
If ever there's a time to slow down and take a "Lazy Summer Day" approach, it is when we find ourselves in the heat of the moment. But it's easier said than done. How can we cool our tempers in a heated moment?
I Need My Daddy
July 8, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
When you're empty, do you run to your Daddy? As women we have many roles and countless people who need us, how do we stay filled up when we are constantly pouring out? What ways have you found to refuel in the midst of your busy life? How do you stay filled with the Holy Spirit when life can leave you drained? We might be grown ups, but we still need our Daddy!
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far
July 1, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
The fruit in our lives is a reflection of our Father. We apples don't fall far from our tree. Because of Him, we all have fruit of the Spirit. It's not based on feelings. It's fruit of being God's daughters and having His fruit of the Spirit in us. How can we enjoy this truth regardless of circumstances?
You Want Me To Love Them?
June 24, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We all have people in our lives who are just hard to like, let alone love. How do we love those we find it difficult to get along with? How do we love with the love of Jesus? What about when the other person isn't a believer? What about when they are? What if we are them?
Pulling Weeds
June 17, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
It's a new season and we are getting ready for new crops! At the same time, we need to remember to pull the "weeds" from the soil of our hearts. What weeds grow in our hearts' soil? How can we best care for the soil? Rachel's Watermelon, Tomato & Herb Salad from the show: 1 cup cubed watermelon (minus seeds) 2 large tomatoes cored and cut in chunks (yellow ones looks pretty in this) 1 english cucumber cut into chunks 4 large sweet basil leaves chopped (or to taste) 6 fresh mint leaves chopped (or to taste) 3 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste Combine the fruit, veggies and herbs in a bowl. In small bowl stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour oil mixture over salad and toss to coat.
Who Am I?
June 10, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
The world wants to define us by their fickle terms. But our Father identifies us as His own blood-bought daughters. It's who we are in Him that truly matters.
Good Good Father
June 3, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Some of us have been blessed by our earthly fathers. For others, the thought of our fathers hurts more than we can express. But we all have a Heavenly Father who adores us and longs for us to know His Father love. He is indeed a good, good Father!
May 27, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
God has a high standard for marriage. He calls us to love and we are to follow His example. What happens when your "I do" becomes "I don't think so" or "are you kidding me?" Our society tells us to give up and start over but Jesus says love like He does.
Lead From Behind
May 20, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We think of leaders as the ones out front, with the title, the suit and the microphone. But all of us have the capacity to lead from wherever we are with the gifts we've been given. Jesus, a servant leader, was an example to us in this - we can lead from behind.
I'm Sorry
May 13, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Everyone wants an apology, but no one wants to give one. Whether we've been wronged or we've done the "wronging," as believers we're called to be peacemakers. We are tasked with starting the conversation and being willing to say, "I'm sorry."
Holy Change in Forecast
May 6, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We make decisions every day based on the forecast. We prepare for storms or bright blue skies. But are we ready for the wind of the Holy Spirit to bring new change? Inspire others to embrace the movement of the Holy Spirit!
Waiting Patiently
April 29, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. (James 5:7) We invest in the lives of others and it inevitably gets frustrating or downright defeating when we don't see the harvest of all our work! But James tells us to be like the farmer who patiently waits for the rain. Keep sowing seeds and trust God for the rain!
Rainbow Connection
April 22, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. (Gen. 9:16) The storms of life can be overwhelming. But God offsets them with His promises. Are there certain promises you've held onto to get you through a storm?
Whiter Than Snow
April 15, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (Ps. 51:7). God's love is beyond our comprehension. He showers us with forgiveness and He washes us whiter than snow. Although we can feel like failures, He calls us His righteousness in Christ Jesus. Have you received that forgiveness? How can you use that to help someone else do the same?
Diabetes, Are You At Risk?
March 25, 2016
Luann Prater & Lisa Morrone
Most people are at risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes and don't know it. Our guest, Lisa Morrone, will help us not only stop the risk, but reverse it!
I'm Mad
March 18, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We live in the real world with real humans. That means there are inevitably times when we have to work through our anger. WWJD? And what did He say? Help us with this madness!
Audience of One
March 4, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Many of us are people pleasers and we seek affirmation from others. Sometimes we need to focus on pleasing the One who created us.
February 26, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. We are blessed when we mourn. How can we grasp these truths when we hurt so badly? This is especially difficult when others are celebrating love this month!
True Love
February 19, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Love ourselves? Love our enemies? What? We may never have warm fuzzies, but that's not a part of the 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 list. Phew! So it really is possible to love... anyone! What can you share about this definition of true love?
Walking Side by Side
February 12, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Parakaleo, Greek for encouragement, is a word used for the Holy Spirit - the one who comes alongside and is the ultimate encourager. Sometimes encouraging means a needed arm around a shoulder. Biblically it also means to admonish and instruct with love and grace. How can we let the Holy Spirit work through us as we walk alongside others?
Get Healthy for Heaven’s Sake
February 5, 2016
Luann Prater & Lisa Morrone
Today we are talking about getting healthy like you've never heard of. Getting healthy is more that just be able to fit into those jeans again. We want you to be healthy so you can do the work God has called you to do. Author and speaker Lisa Morrone is here to help us "Get Healthy for Heaven's Sake".
January 29, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We know in our minds that the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the grave lives IN us! At the same time, so many of us struggle just to say "No!" to a cupcake. How can we inspire others to realize just how empowered they really are?
Transformation is a Process
January 22, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
New Year’s resolutions are crazy, aren't they? We know the transformation we want, but sometimes we forget it's a process. How can we breathe new life into the day-to-day process?
Verse or Word for the Year
January 15, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Do you have a word or a verse to guide your year? When you share it with our readers, how can you encourage them as they let God guide their new year?
New Chapter
January 8, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Ahh! Doesn't it feel good to turn the page to a new chapter? The possibilities are endless. Let's welcome in this new season of 2016!
A Look Back
January 1, 2016
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
When we take inventory on our past year, where do we see God's fingerprints? Sometimes we miss it as it's happening. But hindsight really is 20-20!